Copper Relief Artwork

I remember doing copper relief pieces when I was in elementary school. Even then, I remember how thrilled I was to be working with "authentic" materials. When I was finished, I felt like I created something special. I was delighted that the kids shared my enthusiasm. We did this project as part of of US States Study. Many of our Western State states mine copper, so this seemed like a perfect opportunity to share this technique. Although the girls really enjoyed working with the copper, Bug was especially enthralled. He loves Ancient History, and sunburst he created has an Ancient Aztec feel to it. We will certainly be doing more of these! 

Materials:

  • Sheet of copper (4-6 inch square)
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Blunt edges utensils (popsicle stick, pencil with no eraser, etc)
  • Magazine or newspaper
  • Craft Paint
  • Craft Glue
  • 8in square piece of cardboard or wood for mounting
  • Optional Aging Materials: Nail Polish Remover, Glass Cleaner, Vinegar, Ammonia, Salt, Plastic Bag, Gloves, Steel Wool, Cotton Balls

 

Start by folding a sheet of paper around your sheet of copper. This will create an...Read more

Watermelon Flower Coloring

In a rather Willy Wonka-ish manner, I turned the basic pattern of our Watermelon Applique Block into a fantasy Watermelon Flower! Here is our newest coloring page. After I watercolored the page, I went back and added some detail... just 'cuz.  

Pattern for Watermelon Flower Coloring Page can be found HERE.

Watermelon Applique Block can be found HERE.

A VERY basic watercoloring for your Coloring Pages tutorial can be found HERE.

Today, I had company as I quickly painted my Watermelon Flower. A little too quickly, I'm afraid. Being distracted by the wee ones, my seeds ran and it was quite messy, but it is just a coloring page and we...Read more

Magic Onions Give-Away :: $35 Gift Card

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There are so many wonderful things to choose from, but I would get my daughter the Complete Fairy Garden Kit.  She really wants to make a fairy garden :)

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Casey's Wood Give Away :: Bulk Wood Pieces

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Hello - Would love to win prize 2.    Would use the wood pieces for a doll house I made approximately 45 years ago that needs some repairs. so my great-niece may now play with it.    Will be spending time with the catalog because they have many of the things needed to repair the house and the furniture.      Will also be getting some of the lazy susan swivel bearings to make cutting some of my quilting stuff out.      Thank you really found many uses for Casey's stuff.

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Watermelon Applique Block

My mother came from a large family. My bushia had 13 children, 10 lived long enough to have their own families. It was awesome being a part of something so large and loving! Every summer we would gather together at a local park and have a family picnic. You couldn't really call it a reunion, because we saw each other frequently, but this was always one of my favorite days during the year.

I think the best part of the day was when my Uncle Frank would take many of us on a short walk down to the river. He would always let us sit on the bridge, something our mothers would NEVER have allowed! Looking back, perhaps Uncle Frank wasn't behaving in the most responsible manner, but... none of us ever fell in... so, all in all, just a great memory. 

Once, he brought along a bucket of sliced watermelon pieces and taught us how to spit the seeds to get awesome distance! So, there we sat on the bridge, munching melon and spitting seeds into the river. Not meaning to brag, but I was (and still am) an awesome watermelon...Read more

Folk Art Inspired Cork Horse

We made these adorable Folk Art inspired Cork Horses to go along with our State Studies Kentucky week. The horses have now moved into the girls' farm play center and have adjusted nicely. ;)

Materials:

  • 2 wine corks
  • tooth picks
  • craft glue or hot glue gun
  • scrap yarn and felt
  • craft knife and cutting board
  • scissors
  • stapler
  • optional: craft paint & paint brush

The first step is for parents only... the rest the kids can pretty much do on their own. Use a sharp craft knife to cut off about 1/4 - 1/3 off the end of one cork to be used for your horse's head. If your cork tappers, cut off the fatter end and the tapper will make a nice nose for your horse. Then cut the piece you just removed into 4 pieces to use as hooves.

Stick a tooth pick into each hoof to make legs. Make sure they can stand up.

Push the other end...Read more

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